Healthy Vegan Red Velvet Cake with Chocolate Mousse Frosting (To Celebrate My 24th Birthday!)
Healthy Vegan Red Velvet Cake with Chocolate Mousse Frosting! 🎂🍫 Have you ever heard such glorious words come out of my mouth?? This cake recipe is naturally red, low sugar, high protein, high fiber, whole grain, gluten free, and dairy free! And it still tastes good. No, it doesn’t taste good, it tastes great. It tastes BOMB. It tastes like magic. One bite and you’ll be like FTW 😱😍
Perfect thing to celebrate my 24th birthday? 🎁🎉🎈🍴 I think YES.
It hit me a couple weeks ago that my bday was coming up. I was totally shocked and kind of appalled that I didn’t plan ahead and make a super special recipe to post on this day. Since I recently made a batch of Homemade Rainbow Confetti, I was thinking something Funfetti, but the recipe I tried out flopped. I was out of eggs, but wanted cake. And that’s when Red Velvet Cake popped into my head. I said, “No, I can’t do that, that still has eggs in it!” BUT THEN. I REMEMBERED. I posted a Vegan Red Velvet Cake recipe a few years ago. I have been meaning to revamp the recipe because I felt like the flavor and texture could be improved. I made some recipe edits (trials are explained below) and got started.
What came out of the oven? A SUCCESSFUL CAKE! 🙌
It’s got a secret ingredient, too. Can you guess what it is? Actually, there are TWO secret ingredients. If you can guess them both, you are a genius, and as a prize you deserve a slice of this cake. Make that two slices, because it’s so damn good and addictive, you’ll want an extra piece. Join my “‘I’ll have two slices, please’ Cake-Eating Club!” It’s super top secret, and I’m only givin’ out this offer ONCE. Come to the dark side, we’ve got cake 😈
I never expected how difficult it was going to be to veganize my original Red Velvet Cake recipe…
In my first two trials (read: totally failed recipes), I used an egg replacer powder to substitute the egg whites from the original recipe. Toootally didn’t work. The “cake” was a dense and chewy reddish brick. The only way I could salvage the flop (throwing food away = throwing money away) was by blending it into Vanilla Bean Frappuccinos over the course of a few days. If you haven’t tried tossing a slice of cake into a milkshake, I feel sorry for you. You’re missing out.
In my third trial, I tried using blended tofu to replace the egg whites. This helped add bulk to the cake so it didn’t collapse and condense when I brought it out of the oven. However, the “cake” was still heavy and pretty dense.
In my fourth trial, I pressed on with the tofu puree, decreased the amount of almond milk, and doubled the baking powder. This helped tremendously! While the cake was still pretty dense, it was a good kind of dense. Sort of like a decadent muffin rather than a cake. I ended up posting this fourth trial recipe back in 2013, but I revamped it for y’all.
Here are a couple pictures from the post I published in 2013. This cake was baked in 6″ pans instead of 8″ pans, so the slices were petite but super tall. The frosting looks chunky or gritty in the pictures, but it was actually quite smooth (after refrigerating the cake though, the frosting turned into a thick fudge texture). The cake itself was alright. While I wouldn’t call it “bad,” it certainly wasn’t as good as this revamped recipe.
And finally, we have our fifth (and final) trial: this lovely and light, moist and fluffy, can’t-get-enough-of-this-stuff Healthy Vegan Red Velvet Cake with Chocolate Mousse Frosting.
I realized in the end that this cake never really needed an egg replacer. It just needed a bit more starch, baking powder, and milk. You would never ever ever ever ever EVER guess that this is vegan. I am so happy with the results of this fifth trial. The contrast between the light and fluffy cake and decadently rich frosting is divine. I always wished red velvet cakes had more chocolate flavor in them, so my prayers were answered with this oh-so-delicious frosting.
2 8" layers
Healthy Vegan Red Velvet Cake with Chocolate Mousse Frosting
- 246g (1 cup) Roasted Beet Puree, cooled to room temp (see Directions)
- 1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk, room temp
- 56g (¼ cup) Coconut Oil, melted
- 1½ tbs Vanilla Extract
- 1 tbs Natural Butter Flavor
- 1 tbs Stevia Extract
- 120g (1 cup) Oat Flour
- 102g (¾ cup) Sweet White Sorghum Flour
- 144g (¾ cup) Granulated Erythritol
- 40g (¼ cup, packed) Arrowroot Starch
- 20g (¼ cup) Unsweetened Natural Cocoa Powder
- 1½ tbs Double Acting Baking Powder
- ¼ tsp Salt
- 2 tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
- one 14oz package Organic Extra Firm Tofu
- ¾ cup Unsweetened Light Coconut Milk, canned
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 105g (¾ cup) Powdered Erythritol
- ¼ tsp Salt
- 5oz Dark Chocolate, melted
For the Roasted Beet Puree:
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Rinse and gently scrub 4 medium beets, then individually wrap them in foil.
- Place the beets on a jelly roll pan and bake for 1 hour, or until a fork pierces through the center of the beets with ease. Carefully unwrap the beets and let cool for 30 minutes.
- Scrape off the beet skins (they should peel off easily) and chop into chunks. Add the beet chunks to a food processor and purée until completely smooth.
For the Cake:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray two 8" cake pans with cooking spray.
- In a stand mixer bowl with whisk attachment, add the beet puree, almond milk, melted coconut oil, vanilla, butter flavor, and stevia extract. Mix on low speed.
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the oat flour, sorghum flour, erythritol, starch, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Dump the dry ingredients into the stand mixer and mix on medium speed until fully incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then return to medium speed.
- Add the vinegar in LAST. Moving quickly now, pour the batter into the prepared pans and place them in the oven. Bake for 27-31 minutes, or until the surface of the cakes spring back when tapped. Let the cakes cool in the pan.
For the Frosting:
- Drain the package of tofu and place the tofu block on paper towels. Press as much liquid out of the tofu as possible.
- Place the tofu, coconut milk, vanilla, powdered erythritol, and salt in a food processor or high-speed blender. Puree until completely smooth.
- Scrape down the sides of the processor or blender. While blending, pour in the melted chocolate. Blend until fully incorporated. Pour the mixture into a large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4+ hours or overnight. Frost the cake, then refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour to set up. Slice and serve!
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Time for a nutrition label showdown! Here, I compare the nutrition label of a classic(ly unhealthy) Red Velvet Cake versus my Healthy Vegan Red Velvet Cake.
**Food Network’s nutrition label is on the left, the (healthified) Desserts With Benefits nutrition label is on the right**
I am utterly horrified right now. For the SAME sized slice of cake, one slice has 680 calories while the other has 320. One slice has 41g fat while the other has 16.5g. One slice has 43g sugar (nearly ¼ cup!) while the other has just 6g.
Um, I think I’ll choose my cake. Not only because you can easily have two slices guilt-free (and 2 slices will still have less calories than 1 slice of the unhealthy version), but because it’s made with quality ingredients. I don’t use the refined cake flour, the processed-to-the-bone white sugar, or hydrogenated shortening. None of that crap. Who needs dangerous trans fats in cake??
Since my Healthy Vegan Red Velvet Cake is high in fiber and protein and complex carbs, it will keep you fuller for longer so you won’t get a sugar-rush and sugar-crash like you would if you were to eat the unhealthy version.
Okay, rant over. Gonna go settle my nerves right now with a slice of this hella goodness 👌
I could eat this (new and improved) cake all day long. And I could MOST DEF eat the frosting STRAIGHT. UP.
This slice is calling your name!
Oh wait, never mind, it called my name 😏
Whether you’re allergic to eggs or dairy or you’re vegan, you still need cake in your life. You still need Red Velvet Cake in yo life! Enjoy.
Now that I’m officially 24 years of age, it’s starting to sink in that I started this blog nearly 5½ years ago. Back when I was a freshman in college, as a way to procrastinate studying for finals, I was seriously struggling — struggling to figure out my place in life, struggling to find motivation (from studying to living life at all). Those were the roughest and toughest years of my life, it’s even hard to think back to it right now.
The immense pressure and stress from school, the nonstop studying of math and Chemistry (which I despise and am terrible at), and I was alone on the opposite side of the country from my family. This blog, the online community, YOU… those are the reasons why I kept going, why I kept blogging, why I stayed in school, why I decided to get better.
While I am still trying to find my place in life (still have ZERO clue what I want to do — is it a bakery, is it selling a healthy food product, what is it, what is it, WHAT THE HELL IS IT, TELL ME!), I am happy where I am at this point in time. Even though I’m working two full-time jobs and am having a hard time managing my work-/personal-/dog-/family-life, this is part of growing up and I’m happy where I am. Life isn’t easy, it can’t be easy, but it does get better. It gets awesome. Life is awesome right now. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me as a 24-year-old, and I hope you stay tuned to see it through too 😘💕